A Council member, independent agencies or the Mayor may introduce a piece of legislation (i.e, "bill").
"Permanent" legislation is the most common legislation and is the focus of this discussion.
At the time a bill is introduced, it is assigned to a committee with expertise over the subject matter the bill addresses.
A committee is not obligated to review or consider a bill. If the committee chooses not to review a bill during the 2-year Council Period, the bill "dies" and must be re-introduced when a new Council convenes.
When a bill is introduced, it receives a filing number.
B23-0018, Ghost Guns Prohibition Amendment Act of 2019
Hearings are required for permanent legislation before the legislation is voted on by the Council of the District of Columbia.
If the committee chooses to review a bill, then it will normally conduct a hearing. The committee will receive testimony in support of or against the bill.
Committee meeting mark-ups apply only to permanent legislation.
The first reading of a piece of legislation applies only to permanent and temporary legislation.
Legislation is referred to Committee of the Whole and voted on.
After being passed by the D.C. Council and signed by the Mayor, an enrolled bill is assigned an Act number. The Act number appears on the first page of the legislation. The text of the Act is printed in the D.C. Register.
A15-0311, Distracted Driving Safety Act of 2004
A = Act
15 = D.C. Council Period
0311 = Sequential number assigned to the Act